PEORIA — Corn Stock Theatre is kicking off its Winter Season with the Halloween-themed show, "Something Wicked This Way Comes," opening Oct. 19.
Directed by Celeste Wohl, Ray Bradbury's story "Something Wicked this Way Comes" tells of an October night when a sinister traveling carnival pulls into town. Halloween has come early to Green Town, Illinois. Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show, crisscrossing the land, holds up a distorting sideshow mirror to the hopes and fears of small-town America. Two youngsters (13 year-old neighbors Jim and Willa) investigate the arrival of the mysterious carnival and the effect it has on the townsfolk, lured by its bright lights, but are quickly drawn into its shadows.
The play is about the approaching night of Jim and Willa's adulthood, but also about Willa’s father, Charles Halloway, who can't see a path through the darkness, and his desperate fight not to succumb to it. The two youngsters and the older Halloway are forced to confront their fears and face up to the darkness.
The cast includes: Brandon Jones, Grace Blume, Olga Phelps, Kurt White, Alexa Johnson, Braden Shanahan, Jacob Uhlman, Christ Peterlin, Kim Filler, Katie Swan, Teresa Johnson-Noe, Brionna Johnson, Ricky Hawkins, Gordon Jockisch, Larry Betzelberger, Avery O’Donnell, Sam Clifton, Erin Shanahan, Caty Cornwell, Mary Ellen Milem, Nathan Apodaca, Megan Johnson, Olivia Green, Jaden Randall, Chloe Schonert, Anyla Ganaway, Emma Pulley, Austen O’Donnell, Anna Moore, Michael Filler, Evan Moore, Lisa White, Randy Witte, Anjelika Cornelius-Witt, Katie Miller, and Nathan Dunn.
Show dates are Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 21 and 28 at 2:30 p.m. at the Corn Stock Theatre Center, 1700 N. Park Road. Tickets are $14/adults and $10/children. Purchase tickets online at www.cornstocktheatre.com, call 676-2196, or get tickets at the door.